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Holiday | in Review

7.07.2015

I hadn't intended to do a post-holiday write up but somehow this has naturally come together since arriving home. Looking through the souvenirs and iPhone pics, I thought I'd share a few things that I loved about our stay in Brisbane. 

Styling and photography by Michelle Halford for TDC

We stayed at the lovely Four Points Sheraton which was in walking distance from the beautiful Riverside precinct Eagle Street Pier and the CBD. When it came to shopping, Myer and David Jones were on the list. The sales didn't disappoint and I picked up some great buys for myself and the boys. I'm always drawn to the Aesop Skincare counter, but I was also happy to find the Aesop store on nearby Adelaide street. The beautiful interior, attentive service and incredible products made it impossible to leave empty handed!

A visit to Paddington had my sister and I making comparison's with Auckland's lively inner city areas like Ponsonby and Grey Lynn. Such a pretty suburb, the cafes and boutiques provided a fun day out. I was excited to stumble across AP Design House, a recent online-discovery whose interior design work I featured in this post. Their store has a great mix of homewares, furniture and lighting from both local and international designers including Danish brand Menu. One of my favourite finds was Wingnut & Co, an Australian ceramic brand that AP Design House carry, founded by Asuka Mew & Anna Miller-Yeaman. I fell in love with the organic, clay products and took home two Mochi hand thrown clay Beer Cups, which I plan on using for coffee. I also picked up a great book that had been on my wishlist. Another standout design store is Showroom, also located on Latrobe Terrace. They have a lovely collection of homewares and a very pretty outlook - see the interior vintage shelving and outdoor veranda in the pics below. 

iPhone photos by me

We ran out of time to visit James St in Fortitude Valley, but it comes highly recommended so make sure you've added it to your to-do list if you're visiting Brisbane. It's on mine for the next time! Here's a summary, including some of my favourite shops, cafes and restaurants.

Stay

Getting Around
On foot and Uber 

Shop
AP Design House - 15 Latrobe Tce, Paddington
Showroom - 135 Latrobe Tce, Paddington (until 12th July, then moving to Brisbane CBD on 27th July)
Aesop Skincare - Shop GL35, Queens Plaza, 226 Queen St, entrance via Adelaide St

Dine
Sak√© - Eagle St Pier. Some of the best Japanese cuisine that I have had, and the Friday night DJ made for a fun night. 
Pony - Eagle St Pier. I night to remember dining with my two sisters, I recommend sitting outside to take in the view of the beautiful  Brisbane River and Story bridge. 
Grill'd - I love a great burger! Delicious and good for you, the low carb bun option was excellent. 
Ruby - 233 Given Tce, Paddington. Great breakfast and excellent coffee - I had to go back for a second!
Paleo Cafe - 257 Given Tce, Paddington. Clean eating at its best. 

Note: there are no affiliates associated with this post. All opinions are my own.

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